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Giants vs. Panthers postgame notes and stats

CHARLOTTE – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 33-31 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Bank of America Stadium:

*The Giants lost their second game in a row and fell to 1-4, including 1-2 on the road. Carolina is 3-1.

*Graham Gano scored the game-winning points on a 63-yard field goal with one second remaining. It tied the famed 63-yarder by New Orleans' Tom Dempsey against Detroit on Nov. 8, 1970 as the longest game-winning field goal in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime in NFL history.

*It was the Giants' first defeat on a last-second score since they lost consecutive games on final-play field goals in 2017 - Jake Elliott's 61-yarder at Philadelphia on Sept. 24, and Nick Folk's 34-yarder at Tampa Bay on Oct. 1. Like Gano's field goal on Sunday, Folk's kick erased a Giants' lead.

*Gano's 63-yard field goal was the longest ever kicked against the Giants, breaking the record Elliott set last year. It was one yard shorter than the longest field goal in NFL history, a 64-yarder by Denver's Matt Prater vs. Tennessee on Dec. 8, 2013. Gano kicked the fifth 63-yard field goal in history.

*The Giants ended their NFL-long streak of 36 consecutive games – plus one postseason game – without scoring at least 30 points. However, they have lost their last three games in which they have scored 30 or more points, including the 2015 season finale vs. Philadelphia (35-30, when Pat Shurmur was the Eagles' interim coach) and Dec 20, 2015, when Gano kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired. The 36-game streak was the Giants' longest since they went 57 straight games between 30-point outbursts from 1975-79.

*The Giants totaled 432 yards, their highest total since they gained 504 yards against Philadelphia on Dec. 17, 2017. Their 382 net passing yards was the most they've had since finishing with 429 against the Eagles last year.

*The Giants did not convert a third-down opportunity (in seven tries), the first time that's happened since they were 0-for-10 against New Orleans on Dec. 24, 2006. The Giants did convert one of two fourth-down tries.

*The Giants lost the coin toss for the first time this season. Carolina deferred taking possession of the ball until the start of the second half, as the Giants had done in each of the first four games.

*Eli Manning completed 22 of 36 passes for 326 yards, threw two touchdown passes - one apiece to Odell Beckham, Jr. and Saquon Barkley, and two interceptions for a passer rating of 86.1. It was Manning's first 300-yard game since he threw for 434 yards against Philadelphia last year, and the 46th of his career. The Giants are 19-27 when Manning throws for at least 300 yards.

*Manning was twice intercepted by safety Mike Adams. When his pass for Odell Beckham, Jr. was picked off with 1:30 remaining in the third quarter, it ended Manning's streak of 151 consecutive passes without throwing an interception. It was the second-longest streak without throwing a pick in Manning's career. From Sept. 25 to Nov. 9, 2014, he threw 176 consecutive passes without an interception before he was picked off by Seattle's Earl Thomas – on a pass that was tipped by Beckham.

*Barkley rushed for 48 yards on 15 carries and gained 81 yards on four receptions. With 129 combined yards, he became the third player in NFL history to begin a career with at least five consecutive games with 100 or more scrimmage yards.

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The players with the most consecutive games of at least 100 scrimmage yards to begin their career in NFL history:
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PLAYER TEAM SEASON FIVE-GAME YARDAGE TOTAL CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 100+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Kareem Hunt Kansas City 2017 775 7
Adrian Peterson Minnesota 2007 782 5
Saquon Barkley Giants 2018 583 5

*Barkley's initial touchdown catch came on a 57-yard pass from Beckham. It was his first career touchdown reception and the first by a Giants running back since Wayne Gallman at Tampa Bay on Oct. 1, 2017. Barkley also scored on a 15-yard reception to give the Giants a 31-30 lead with 1:08 left.

*Barkley's 57-yard touchdown catch was the longest by a Giants running back since Brandon Jacobs had a 74-yard score vs. Dallas on Dec. 6, 2009.

*Barkley was the first Giants' back to catch two touchdown passes in a game since Tyrone Wheatley, another first-round draft choice, at Arizona on Nov. 17, 1996.

*Barkley was the first Giants player to score two touchdowns in a game since wide receiver Tavarres King (on catches of 13 and 57 yards) vs. Philadelphia last Dec. 17. He was the first Giants running back to score twice since Oct. 10, 2013, when Jacobs had touchdown runs of four yards and one yard.

*Barkley became the 51st player to score a regular-season touchdown on a pass from Manning.

*Beckham had an extraordinary game, even by his standards. He led all receivers with eight catches for 131 yards (including a 33-yard touchdown), threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Barkley, returned three punts for 15 yards, and one kickoff – after Gano's game-winning field goal – for 26 yards (before lateraling to Curtis Riley, who then lateraled to Sterling Shepard).

*Beckham's 100-yard game was his third of the season and the 22nd of his career, tying Amani Toomer's franchise record. However, the Giants are 8-14 when Beckham finishes with at least 100 receiving yards.

*The touchdown reception was the 39th of Beckham's career. It ended his streak of four consecutive games without a touchdown, which had tied his career one-season high (he went five games without a touchdown in the final game of 2015 and first four of 2016).

*According to the Elias Sports Bureau, when Beckham connected with Barkley, he became the first Giants wide receiver to complete a pass since the 1970 merger. Beckham threw a pass at Tennessee on Dec. 7, 2014, but it fell incomplete.

*Beckham was the second wide receiver to throw a touchdown pass this season. On Sept. 23,    Miami's Albert Wilson threw a 42-yard scoring pass to Jakeem Grant vs Oakland. Beckham was the first non-quarterback to complete a pass of at least 57 yards in…three weeks. On Sept. 16, Tennessee safety Kevin Byard threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Dane Cruikshank out of a punt formation.

*Beckham was the first Giants player other than a quarterback to complete a pass of at least 57 yards since Oct. 1, 1967, when running back Ernie Koy threw a 68-yarder to Homer Jones.

*Beckham was the first Giants player other than a quarterback to throw a touchdown pass since Oct. 27, 1996, when Wheatley tossed a 24-yarder to Chris Calloway.

*Beckham was the first Giants player with a touchdown reception and a touchdown pass in the same game since Frank Gifford on Nov. 22, 1959. Gifford had a 33-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Charlie Conerly and threw a 37-yard scoring pass to Alex Webster against the Chicago Cardinals in Minneapolis.

*Beckham was the fourth player in NFL history to have at least 100 receiving yards and a 50+ yard touchdown pass in the same game, joining New England's (and former Giant) David Patten (Oct. 21, 2001 at Indianapolis), Pittsburgh's Tom Tracy (Dec. 13, 1958 vs. the Chicago Cardinals) and Philadelphia's Billy Ray Barnes (Nov. 16, 1958 vs. Chicago Cardinals). Beckham and Patten are the only players to accomplish the feat with a touchdown catch.

*Beckham was the first Giants player with a reception, pass attempt, punt return, and kickoff return in the same game since Toomer showed the same versatility on Sept. 21, 1998 vs. Dallas.

*Aldrick Rosas kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal with 20 seconds remaining in the first half (he also added field goals of 42 and 36 yards). His previous long was a 52-yarder at Oakland on Dec. 3, 2017, also on a grass field. It was his fourth field goal of at least 50 yards since becoming the Giants' kicker last season.

The 53-yarder was the longest field goal by a Giants kicker since Josh Brown kicked one from that distance vs. New England on Nov. 15, 2015, and the longest on the road since Brown's 53-yard three-pointer at Tampa Bay on Nov. 8, 2015.

*Rookie wide receiver Jawill Davis picked up his first two NFL receptions – on consecutive plays in the second quarter – for 27 yards. He is the 88th different player to catch a regular-season pass from Manning.

*The Giants opened the game with two tight ends, as Scott Simonson joined Rhett Ellison in the starting lineup. It was Simonson's first start for the Giants and second in his 23rd career game. His only previous start was for the Panthers, on Sept 8, 2016 at Denver.

*Safety Curtis Riley intercepted his first pass for the Giants and the second of his career when he picked Cam Newton off at the Giants' 10-yard yard line with 3:34 remaining in the third quarter. Newton threw down the middle for rookie tight end Ian Thomas. Riley's previous interception was for Tennessee at Jacksonville on Sept. 17, 2017 off Blake Bortles.

*Janoris Jenkins had the Giants' other interception, his second of the season and 18th of his career. Jenkins' 29-yard return in the fourth quarter set up Beckham's touchdown.

*Landon Collins led the Giants with eight tackles (four solo).

*Cornerback Eli Apple returned to the starting lineup after missing two games with a groin injury and had five solo tackles and a forced fumble.

*Linebacker Connor Barwin had the Giants' only sack, a five-yarder.

*Defensive lineman Josh Mauro, activated yesterday after serving an NFL suspension during the season's first four weeks, made his Giants debut with one tackle.

*The Panthers scored their second touchdown on an unusual play early in the second quarter. Michael Palardy's 51-yard punt veered toward the left sideline, where it caromed off the back of Beckham's leg at the two-yard line (it was officially ruled a muff). The ball bounced into the hands of Jenkins, who lost possession when it was knocked from his hands by wide receiver Curtis Samuel (a fumble). As Jenkins turned around to pick up the ball, Eli Apple approached and inadvertently kicked it into the end zone, where Colin Jones recovered it for the touchdown.

Jones was the first Giants opponent to score a touchdown on a fumble return since Arizona's Robert Nkemdiche (21-yarder) on Dec. 24, 2017. It was the first special teams touchdown by a Giants opponent since Detroit's Jamal Agnew scored on an 88-yard punt return on Sept. 18, 2017.

*Adams was the first Giants opponent with two interceptions in a game since Arizona's Antoine Bethea last Dec. 24.

*The Giants are 12-9 since 1990 when their opponents are coming off a bye and the Giants are not.

*The Giants' inactive players were linebacker Olivier Vernon (ankle), tight end Evan Engram (knee), defensive tackle John Jenkins, defensive backs Kamrin Moore and Mike Jordan, offensive lineman Evan Brown, and quarterback Kyle Lauletta.

Vernon has missed all five games this season, Engram sat out his second in a row, and with the return of Mauro, Jenkins was inactive for the first time.

*Carolina coach Ron Rivera was 1-1 on replay challenges, each one involving a Cam Newton pass that was ruled incomplete.

The first occurred with 7:11 remaining in the first quarter, when Newton threw to the right sideline to Devin Funchess, which was ruled incomplete. Rivera challenged the call on the field, believing it was a completed pass. After review, referee Jerome Boger announced the ruling was changed to a completed pass, for a 12-yard gain.

With 13:23 remaining in the third quarter. Newton threw a pass to Thomas, which was also ruled incomplete. Rivera challenged, again claiming the pass was completed. After review, Boger announced the ruling of an incompletion stood. Giants opponents are 2-3 this season on replay challenges.

*Carolina has won the last three games in the series and leads, 6-4.

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